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Biblical Studies New Testament Studies James, Peter, Jude, Hebrews

As Living Stones
1Pe 2.4-8

In this sermon, delivered by Mike Sperou, Senior Pastor of North Clackamas Bible Community in July 2019, the Apostle Peter is using the metaphor of the living temple to remind the believing of the nature of the church and of its twofold call: first, TO COME to Jesus Christ, as to a LIVING stone; second, TO SURRENDER to His building … not rejecting Him, but drawing near to Him, by the Bible, cooperating in being fitted as a LIVING stone into a particular local church.

As Living Stones, 1Pe 2.1-4

Full, 51-min sermon audio, delivered Sunday, July 28, 2019. If audio stops on mobile device, check “Auto-Lock” or equivalent settings (e.g., iPhone, set to “None”).

And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “The stone which the builders rejected, This became the very corner stone,” and, “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.

Apostle Peter, First Peter 2.4-8

MP3 ver. 2019-07-28
51 min.; full sermon
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MP3 version history:
2019-07-28: New release; sermon delivered

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Biblical Studies Old Testament Studies Psalms Wisdom ncBc

ncBc Sermon – Psalm 11

This sermon, covering all of Psalm 11 (Psalm 11.1-7), was delivered by Kevin Mitchell, Associate Pastor of North Clackamas Bible Community, on Sunday, May 11th, 2014.

Kevin’s message (a 30-minute video) reminds us why seeking refuge in God and finding satisfaction in God’s face gets at the core of what it means to be a truly righteous person, one doing the kind of righteousness that God loves.

In the video, highlighted annotations include English and Hebrew text.

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YouTube ver. 2014-05-11
30 min
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Biblical Studies Old Testament Studies Habukkuk Minor Twelve

ncBc Sermon – Habakkuk 3.16-19

This short (6 min.) audio selection is taken from the sermon entitled “Strength,” covering Habakkuk, esp. chapter 3.16-19, delivered by Kevin Mitchell, Associate Pastor of North Clackamas Bible Community.

Kevin was reminding our community that real strength — the kind of faith and noble character that comes from relating to God — enables us to move freely in dangerous, but strategic conditions.

Behold, as for the proud one,
His soul is not right within him;
But the righteous will live by his faith.
… The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.
— Hab 2.4; 3.19

If audio stops playing on mobile device, check “Auto-Lock” settings or equivalent (on iPhone, set to “None”).

MP3 ver. 2012-11-18
6 min
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Biblical Studies New Testament Studies Ephesians Pauline Epistles Prison Epistles

Ephesians 1.15-17; 4.32–5.2

The three excerpts, each about five minutes in length, are from a complete series of messages covering Ephesians, delivered by Mike Sperou, Senior Pastor of North Clackamas Bible Community.

The first two excerpts are from a sermon entitled ‘Opening Thanksgiving,’ covering Ephesians 1.15-17:

Faith

In the first excerpt, Mike reminds the ncBc community that faith and love, along with hope, constitute the true measure of a church and that faith, in particular, always operates in the sphere of Christ’s body: a church in which he is truly Lord.

For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers …

– Ephesians 1.15-16
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Spirit of Wisdom

In the second excerpt, Mike reminds the ncBc community that we must have a spirit of wisdom, for we must learn how to walk this life — it is a life we do not know how to live if we are not growing in an understanding of God’s Word and living in his church.

… that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

– Ephesians 1.17

Forgiving

The third and final excerpt is taken from a sermon entitled ‘Forgiving.’

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

– Ephesians 4.32–5.2

Mike was reminding our community that God’s salvation work in Christ is to serve as the paradigm for how we treat one another: we forgive one another — out of grateful, forgiven hearts — so that each one is freed up to flourish.

MP3 ver. 2012-11-18
16 min (total for three excerpts)
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2014-03-01: Combined into one post
2012-11-04: Eph 4 message
2011-10-16: New release; Eph 1 message

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Biblical Studies New Testament Studies Pauline Epistles Colossians Prison Epistles

Colossians 1.17-18; 2.6-8

The four short excerpts, each from four to eight minutes in length, are from a complete series on Colossians, delivered by Mike Sperou, Senior Pastor of north clackamas Bible community.

Lord of the Church

The first excerpt is from a sermon entitled ‘Lord of the Church.’

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church.

– Colossians 1.17-18a

Mike explains how ‘our church life is a more fundamental reality, a more foundational reality, than our life in culture.’

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Preeminent

The second excerpt is from a sermon entitled ‘Preeminence of Christ.’

He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

– Colossians 1.18b

Mike emphasizes that ‘in the church, Christ, who is the Lord of the Church, is to have first place in everything.’

Jesus as Lord

The third excerpt is from a sermon entitled ‘Lord of the Church.’

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

– Colossians 2.6-7

Mike explains that ‘receiving Christ Jesus the Lord,’ is not just a confession; ‘Jesus as Lord’ has very practical implications; it is the foundation upon which Christ’s church is built.

Warning

The fourth and final excerpt is from a sermon entitled ‘A General Warning,’ covering :

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.

– Colossians 2.8

Mike explains the warning against being taken captive by teaching that is ‘according to the tradition of men’ — that reaffirms and reinforces worldly values, rather than the Word of God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

MP3 ver. 2009-12-06
c. 20 min (total for four excerpts)
2009-2010 series covering the entire epistle:
2010-06-06: Col 2.8
2010-05-23: Col 2.6-7
2009-12-06: Col 1.18b
2009-12-06: Col 1.17-18a

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